I was quite excited to see photographs of tulips in the last edition of Photo Life. One of the photograph was clicked using Orton techinique, a technique originated by a Michael Orton whereby a sharp transparency was mounted together with an out of focus one of the same view. And the result is a beautiful dream sequence.
And then I I decided to explore the digital equivalent. A lil bit of surfing and I found this. In summary this is what I did.
- Open image
- Duplicate the background layer (Right click on the background layer and choose duplicate) and name that layer Sharp
- Create another duplicate of the background layer.
- Change the Blending mode of the Sharp Copy to screen
- With the Sharp Copy layer selected, right click and choose Merge Down
- Right click on the Sharp layer, choose Duplicate and name this layer Out of Focus
- On the Filter Menu, choose Blur - Gaussian Blur
Depending on the resolution of the image you are using, the amount of blur needed will change.
- Change the blending mode of the Out Of Focus layer to Multiply